The British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) held its 32nd AGM at The Moore Place Hotel, Aspley Guise, on Tuesday 17th April.
Chairman Philip Morley led the proceedings and there were three newly elected Board members – Stephanie Zinser - Lynx Golf, Greg Pearse – Galvin Green and David Pierpoint - Taylormade. The key objective of the BGIA remains to “Grow the game of Golf” through working in partnership with other organisations within the industry.
The AGM was followed by the BGIA’s Annual Dinner, sponsored by Todays Golfer and Golf World with 120 members and their guests attending. The guest speaker was Iain Carter, BBC Golf Correspondent, who entertained everyone with stories from the world of broadcasting. A live and silent auction was managed by Hamilton Bland, former TV swimming commentator, with auction items from an array of sporting celebrities helping to raise funds for the Grow Golf Fund.
The following day, bright blue skies and mid-20s temperatures welcomed the players for the BGIA’s Charity Golf Day on the magnificent Marquis course. The VPAR team of Andrew Lane, Chris Bovey, Stuart Womersley and Charlie Cooke came home the winners, just managing to fend off a late challenge from the Bauer team of Nick Wright, Graeme Morton, James Smith and Ian Henderson.
The BGIA would like to thank all its members who entered teams and offered prizes and Woburn Golf and Country Club for their support in, once again, helping us stage these events at their wonderful golf course and clubhouse facilities. BGIA Chairman Philip Morley said: “The BGIA Annual Dinner and Charity Golf Day is always extremely well supported. We are proud to support the great work that The Golf Foundation do to grow the game of golf and also the Grow Golf Fund that gives opportunities to play golf to those who might not normally get the chance to do so.”
The BGIA is the leading trade body representing UK manufactures wholesalers and distributors of golf products and services.